Ask someone to name a Peruvian restaurant in London and chances are that Ceviche and Andina are going to be two of the first answers. Well now, founder Martin Morales, is back and opening a new restaurant in Soho just in time for Peruvian Independence Day on the 28th July.
Picanterias are family-run, traditional restaurants which are usually found in the Andes in the home of Andinas and Martin will draw on his memories from eating in them as a child and his Andina grandmother’s recipes to create Casita Andina set to be a home from home in the heart of Soho.
Coming from fellow Peruvian restaurant, Lima Floral, the kitchen will be headed up by Executive Chef Vitelio Reyes. He’ll be paying homage to the picanterias use of local and sustainable produce by creating a menu that incorporates traditional Andean dishes and new dishes using Andean superfoods such as quinoa, maca and amaranth.
So expect to find the likes of Cobia Tiradito – sustainable black king fish, rocoto tiger’s milk, pickled pineapple and nasturtium and Maca Lamb – huacatay marinated lamb loin, garlic maca uchucuta, heritage Peruvian potatoes, St George’s mushrooms with crushed spicy cancha; La Soltera – black quinoa, green peas, oca, lamb’s lettuce with queso fresco sauce and for pudding Choc con Sauco – a melt in the middle Peruvian chocolate, queso fresco mousse with pisco-infused elderberries.
Split across two floors with a basement kitchen, the 58-cover restaurant is designed by Martin Morales and Cantor Masters Interior Designers. Ancient Andean weaving techniques will be used in the seating and the walls are decorated with art from top Peruvian artists all creating a cosy atmosphere. The ground floor will feature a ceviche counter, pisco bar and takeaway area whilst the upper floor will feature a 30-seat dining room and an open air patio – although if you want to sit there you’ll need to be quick as there are only 8 places. Race you.
Casita Andina: Opens 28th July, 31 Great Windmill Street, Soho, W1D 7LP, www.andinalondon.com